Verizon switches on private enterprise 5G in the US
While a great deal of the pomp, circumstance and hype surrounding 5G tends to focus on public networks and consumer adoption, private 5G is likely where we’ll begin to see the earliest and most transformational impact from the new communications technology. Private 5G trials have been cropping up all over the US in the past two years, supporting new use cases in verticals ranging from smart manufacturing and logistics solutions to drone fleet control and smart city monitoring.
So far, private 5G has been a, well, private affair. US carriers, as well as the infrastructure companies supporting these trials - Nokia and Ericsson to be specific - have been partnering directly with enterprises and government organisations to run private 5G trials very much in private.
Verizon itself has already built a number of custom 5G solutions for co-innovation and testing with a diverse roster of partner firms, including glass manufacturer Corning, a US Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, a smart city startup at the University of Michigan, WeWork and others. Earlier in 2021, Verizon also began exploring private 5G deployments at Tyndall Air Force Base as part of a broader network deployment initiative with the US Air Force.
Private 5G for the Public
Now, however, Verizon is moving beyond private 5G trials. The company announced today that is bringing the US’ first commercially available private 5G network solution to market, putting ultra-fast, ultra-low latency private network connectivity in the hands of enterprises and government organisations throughout the country.
“On Site 5G opens the commercial floodgates for the promises of 5G Ultra Wideband, allowing large enterprises and public sector organizations to custom tailor a 5G experience for any premises that demands it,” said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Chief Revenue Officer of Verizon Business. “It’s the bespoke business service for what we do better than anyone else: build 5G networks that enable even the most advanced wireless, MEC, and IoT capabilities for customers on the cutting edge.”
By connecting to a private 5G network, enterprises running mission critical operations - be it a network of autonomous vehicles in an industrial setting, or a powerful network of highly sensitive IoT environmental monitoring devices - no longer have to jostle with other users on the network. The technology provides a level of consistency, predictability and speed to a single user that has yet to materialise on public networks.
"You can go up to four or five gigabit (per second) speed easily today, but what is interesting is that you have four or five gigabits consistently," Sowmyanarayan added.
According to a report from Reuters, Verizon has already seen interest from a number of different verticals, from financial institutions - which are looking to to increase speed of trading flows using 5G - to warehousing and logistics firms wanting to implement everything from site-wide analytics and monitoring solutions to fleets of robots.
Verizon's 5G Business Internet is now available in parts of 24 US cities, with more to be announced on a rolling basis.
ZTE Corporation drives Cellcard’s 5G ambitions for Cambodia
Serving a quarter of the world’s population, ZTE Corporation has been dedicated to enabling connectivity and trust since 1985, offering end-to-end product lines and integrated solutions for the telecommunications industry.
With more than 10% of annual revenue invested into research and development centres in the United States, Sweden and China, ZTE Corporation prides itself on owning more than 38,000 patents.
Now, the company has its sights set on the future, specifically the global commercial deployment of 5G and the opportunities that it brings.
Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson is determined the telco will be the first to achieve full 5G coverage in Cambodia – in part to take advantage of the esports opportunity.
“Sixty per cent of the Cambodian population is under 30,” Watson told Mobile Magazine. “So you have this segment that can drive a lot of revenue for telcos. We realised from the research and industry trends that esports was becoming a huge phenomenon in Cambodia. So we said, what can we do to bring this to the youth? And the answer is in the network: consistency, low latency. It’s not just about the price: it’s about the consistency, quality and everything else.”
Cellcard, part of the Royal Group of Companies, signed a deal with ZTE Corporation for the introduction of 5G and increase of 4G coverage and capacity across Cambodia at the end of 2020.
The agreement cemented plans for the rolling out of 5G as well as evolving its 4G LTE coverage and quality – a significant financial investment that will position Cambodia as one of the leading nations in the region for 5G adoption.
This transformation of the ICT sector will directly impact citizens’ lives through technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AI, and AR to help drive a strong Cambodian economy.